The New England Revolution have thrown out a lineup without many curveballs - at least in the starting XI - for their match against the Seattle Sounders. However, head coach Jay Heaps has turned several heads with his decision to put Saer Sene on the bench.
Sene is finishing up his rehab and recovery from last year's torn ACL, and many would be forgiven for thinking that his debut would come at home in three weeks instead of on the turf at CenturyLink Field, thousands of miles across the country. However, apparently Sene is so far along that he earned his spot, and the potential for a cameo should have plenty of people buzzing.
Kalifa Cisse also returns to the starting lineup for the first time since the first game of the year, partnering Clyde Simms in the center of midfield. Hopefully his mixture of bite and passing acumen will help secure the middle and propel the attack forward.
The rest of the lineup is pretty much exactly as one would expect. Chris Tierney gets the start at left-back, while Kelyn Rowe gets another chance to prove that he's not just a super-sub.
On the other side, it's noteworthy to mention that Shalrie Joseph is starting in midfield for the Sounders. This will be the second time he's faced off against his former team after scoring against the Revs for Chivas last year.
Revolution: Shuttleworth; Tierney, Goncalves, Soares, Farrell; Cisse, Simms; Nguyen, Toja, Rowe; Bengtson
Bench: Reis, Dorman, Fagundez, McCarthy, Barnes, Smith, Sene
Sounders: Gspurning; Yedlin, Hurtado, Traore, Gonzalez; Rosales, Alonso, Joseph, Caskey; Zakuani, Neagle
Bench: Hahnemann, Scott, Burch, Rose, Martinez, Ochoa, Lund